40 Reasons: “Why Do You Write?” Challenge

I’ve been struggling a little with motivation this past week. Thanks to storms moving in and out of our area, I’ve been fighting migraine attacks and my own pain storm. Using that downtime to take advantage of YouTube, podcasts, and other written social media, I’ve watched, listened to, and read many motivational leaders. Among my … Continue reading 40 Reasons: “Why Do You Write?” Challenge

Book Sales … thoughts and questions

Family, Friends, Romans, all y’all, lend me your ear… Now that Topaz has your attention… As I was sharing my publishing goals for this summer with a friend last night, we got on the topic of book marketing. Wait, don’t leave! I need to set this up so I can ask your opinion. Yes, all y’all … Continue reading Book Sales … thoughts and questions

#4HWW Impressions and Inspiration

I rarely blog about best-selling books, but I just finished reading The 4-Hour Workweek (#4HWW) by Tim Ferriss, and it got me thinking… I chose to read it because it is referred to over and over by many of the writing and productivity bloggers and podcasters I follow. #4HWW permeates my Twitter feed. Tim Ferriss … Continue reading #4HWW Impressions and Inspiration

5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration

I am a writer. That means I am compelled to write. It might be a journal, blog post, fiction, Bible study, Facebook status update, or even Tweet, but I must write. It's been this way since childhood. When other children were drawing pictures, I was using those jumbo crayons to write. It didn't bother me one … Continue reading 5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration

Reading and Writing Frustrations

I'm frustrated. With myself. sigh... I am a writer. I love to write. But I also love to read. These days I find more of my time is being spent in reading about writing, reading blogs by other writers, and reading for my own pleasure and research than I do actually writing. Who would've ever … Continue reading Reading and Writing Frustrations

My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014

I have always been an insatiable reader. I don't even remember learning to read. I've always read everything that crossed my path, cereal boxes, books, newspapers, ingredient lists, every sign in every museum I've gone to... you get the idea. So imagine the horror of waking up after my second stroke and realizing I couldn't read. … Continue reading My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014

Creating with Disabilities

"It was a dark and stormy night..." is the opening phrase of Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford (1830), and since then popular culture and the literati have either praised it as the best hook or mocked it as the worst first line and an example of what not to do. Here in North Texas, a dark and … Continue reading Creating with Disabilities